How to check unsafe websites


In a judgment against RI Advice Group Pty Ltd, the federal court ruled that this user had several unsatisfactory procedures in its system. So it failed to have

1) Up-to-date antivirus software
2) Adequate system backups
3) Adequate email filtering or quarantining
4) Poor password practices.

And that these inadequacies in its cybersecurity risk management led to cyber incidents. You can read up about it above.

Yesterday, one of our clients got an SMS message about an unpaid bill with a dangerous link. It looked genuine and legitimate. So he pressed it then the fun started.

If something doesn’t look or ‘feel’ right about a website or link, don’t click the link. If you feel that you must go to the link, this google site has proven over the years, for me, a good way of testing the link first. Virus Total is an online service that analyzes suspicious files and websites to detect malware and malicious content using many antivirus engines and website scanners.

Copy the website link and paste it into the virus total, and it will give you a detailed score. If it shows anything, please do not click the link.

Two points about using it.

1) Check the date. When it checked the link, if it is a few hours old, then press the arrow to recheck on the top right.
2) Even if the site is computer-wise safe from viruses and malware does not mean you can trust it.

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